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Q:

Where do evil thoughts come from? Does Satan put them there? Sometimes I think he must, because they just seem to pop into my head without any effort on my part. In any case, how are we supposed to deal with them?


A:

At times, the devil apparently does put evil thoughts in our head, or even directly incites us to do evil. I think of Judas, for example, who made a secret arrangement to betray Jesus to His enemies. When Judas went to inform them where they could find Jesus, the Bible says that “Satan entered into him” (John 13:27).

But the ground was already prepared (so to speak) for Satan to work in Judas’ heart and mind. Although he was part of Jesus’ band of twelve disciples, Judas did not really believe that Jesus was the Savior sent from God to save us from our sins. In fact, the Bible says that Judas “was a thief; as keeper of the money bag (for the disciples), he used to help himself to what was put into it” (John 12:6). The lesson is clear: The farther we are from God, the more vulnerable we will be to Satan’s attacks.

Don’t be like Judas, but make certain of your commitment to Jesus Christ. If you’ve never done so, turn to Him and by faith ask Him to come into your heart and life. Then ask Him to fill your mind with His truth and His Spirit every day. The Bible says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

Not all evil thoughts come directly from Satan, however. Often they come from within – from our own sinful hearts. When they do, ask God to cleanse your mind and fill it with Christ.

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  1. Elaine says:

    Great word. Just what I needed. Thank you

  2. Junie says:

    Great word. Thank you

  3. Pablo Ramirez says:

    Thanks

  4. Pablo Ramirez says:

    Nice. Keep up the good work for Jesus.

  5. Terra says:

    Hey I would love if you guys can teach me and show me the way of the Bible. I need a clear mind and cleansed heart. Please help​ me, I’m only 17 and need to be taught the right way. I go to church and stuff but negative things keep popping up in my head and it scares me. I just pray it goes away. Thank you.

    1. Alexis's Jones says:

      Terra I hope by now you have gotten the help you have been praying for but know that I’m praying for you. Your post just touched my heart. I have been crying out for help. God hears you.

    2. Toni Boler says:

      Hey Terra, Christians at all levels of maturity and growth have those types of thoughts sometimes. The name of JESUS will always bring light to the darkness. Just call out his name when you have those thoughts and the devil will flee. I hope that helps you. 🙂

  6. Charlie says:

    I still find myself using the Lord’s name in vain under my breath. I love JESUS and know He came to this world to cleanse us of our sins by giving His life and blood so our sins are paid in full, and I still have these crazy, evil thoughts. I have a great heart and help my neighbors that are in need or give people money and still these things happen. I know that God is my creator and I try to live by His commands but I still get bombarded with evil thoughts. What’s go on? Thank you for your reading this. I truly need your help. God bless.

  7. Josiah says:

    I’m a new Christian, and I’ve noticed as I dive deeper into my faith, the devil is trying to place evil thoughts in my brain even more than when I was a non-believer. This happens mostly when I first wake up because that is when my brain is just starting up again, so it’s a weak time in the day, so it’s very easy for those thoughts to enter me.

  8. Tam says:

    Thank you for the practical advice to overcome this situation. I really needed to read/understand how to combat the devil’s methods of trying to separate me from my Savior. In Jesus’ name I pray.